Christmas HOPE at Alsop High School

Students from Alsop High School, Walton have raised over £1000 to bring Christmas cheer to vulnerable people in North Liverpool. Sixth form students Connor Sumner (17) and Josh Rogers (16) have organised a mammoth month long fundraising effort to support a co-ordinated programme of social action within the school.

Connor took the initiative to start a Christmas campaign to raise funds for vulnerable people in the community who might struggle during this time. Josh joined the initiative and both have driven a massive response from the public and different organisations. The Sixth Form Christmas Jumper Day raised almost £700 which is testament to the caring nature of Alsop students. Connor and Josh made an appeal through Facebook which received more than 300 shares and 250 likes. This allowed the public to contribute with private donations. Connor approached local businesses to donate prizes for a grand draw and Josh organised the Sixth Form Christmas Jumper Day.

Firstly, they organised a Christmas Lunch for over 60 older residents. With other sixth-formers they prepared a buffet lunch and older residents were treated to a fabulous performance of the school Christmas Show “All Wrapped Up.”

Guests Bob and Sarah Jones commented:

We would like to say a big thank you to Alsop students, for a fantastic concert. The food was absolutely delicious, the entertainment was superb, and we were absolutely delighted to have been your guests, please thank everyone again for all their hard work.

Connor and Josh have also organised a Christmas Brunch and Party for young people who may struggle this Christmas. This will take place in the Jamieson Restaurant and it will include seasonal entertainment.

Mrs October Wright, Assistant Headteacher, comments

The students wanted to raise money to support those less fortunate then themselves this Christmas, so came up with the idea of co-ordinating our Christmas Appeal. They were tireless in their efforts to make a difference. We are so proud of both Connor and Josh.

Connor and Josh hope that this will be an ongoing project within the school. The Alsop Good Neighbour Social Action Programme will be launched during FAITH 2017. This will bring people together to take practical steps to make their communities a better place to live and work. Connor, Josh and other sixth formers will complete the Archbishop of York Youth Award. Hopefully they will “Be the change they want to see.”